21 October 2014
The region’s brightest young minds will engage in an exciting battle of wits at the inaugural Sunshine Coast Schools Debating Competition grand finals on Wednesday 22 October.
The debating tournament, organised and hosted by the University of the Sunshine Coast, started with 51 teams from 18 Sunshine Coast schools. Now just six teams remain, two each in divisions for Years 6-7, Years 8-9 and Years 10-12.
The teams have competed in lively inter-school debates in four preliminary rounds and semi-finals over the past three months.
Debates were based on subjects including: that privacy is more important than security; that advertising junk food should be banned; that it is better to plant a cabbage than a rose; and that celebrities have too much influence in our society.
USC organiser Robyn Warn said debating provided skills that students would find valuable in tertiary study and future life.
“Students learn to analyse and apply information, identify credible sources and build a case to persuasively argue their point,” she said. “Critical thinking is really encouraged and developed.”
Tournament administrator and local English teacher David Elley agreed that students gained great skills from debating.
“They develop confidence in their ability to think logically and argue their case; they learn team work skills and the joy of public speaking,” he said.
The grand finals will be held at USC’s Innovation Centre auditorium from 5.30-8.30pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
5.30-6.30pm: Years 6-7 USC Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s Debating Cup – Buddina State School v Good Shepherd Lutheran College
6.30-7.30pm: Years 8-9 USC Vice-Chancellor’s Debating Cup – Kawana Waters State College v Sunshine Coast Grammar
7.30-8.30pm: Years 10-12 USC Chancellor’s Debating Cup – St Andrew’s Anglican College v Sunshine Coast Grammar
— Jane Cameron